David Botton <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> I am surprised there have been no takers yet (ok, I know, turkey
> weekend, but still). I am hoping to use responses to build a better
> FAQ, articles, etc. The question was:
> Why should any one learn Ada as their first language?
> If we can't give a compelling answer to a question like that, we are in
> big trouble....

I don't see the "big trouble".

I learned APL as my first language, and I turned out ok.

One characteristic of good programmers is the willingness to learn new
tools as time goes on.

On the other hand, Pascal was _designed_ as a teaching language, and
as others have pointed out, a suitable subset of Ada is a "better
Pascal" for teaching purposes.

-- Stephe